• Sweden edition
 
Left Party employs stripper at election party
The dancers in the photo are not the performers described in the article

Left Party employs stripper at election party

Published: 14 Sep 2010 08:16 GMT+02:00
Updated: 14 Sep 2010 08:16 GMT+02:00

The stripper, who performs under the stage name Miss Cookie, is reported to have stripped down to all but her panties - with the party's logo disguising her nipples.

But the show, entitled "Rock the arse off the right", did not please everyone in attendance with several leaving in protest. The choice of entertainment was however defended by Södertälje councillor Staffan Norberg.

"As burlesque and circus and cabaret, which I think it was marketed as, I think it is okay," he said.

Norberg interpreted the theme of the performance as an interpretation of the right's superficiality falling away to reveal only the Left's core.

"I thought that there was a political message," Norberg said adding, "but broadly, naturally."

Despite the Left Party's high profile as a feminist party, Norberg remained unrepentant.

"If you don't like burlesque and lack a sense of humour and satire then this was not the right place to be," he said.

According to local media reports there were families with children in attendance. Several people are reported to have left during the strip show - but Norberg refuted the information. He underlined that there was also a half-naked man on stage.

"He juggled with knives and ate an apple at the same time, to great amusement among the audience," he said.

According to the Dagens Nyheter (DN), Miss Cookie is unperturbed by the attention, arguing that her act should be considered "burlesque with an element of humour" and not "striptease".

"I think that a woman has the right to use her body for humour. There was also a man in the show who stripped down to reveal a naked upper-body and was thus more naked than I, but no one is upset about that," she said to DN.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:32 September 14, 2010 by jeffi_in_denmark
This is hilarious. I just love reading about politicians who should be in another line of work over here :-) Blog posts gone wrong, events planned that should be bachelor parties, platform statements issued that are truly amusing if they think people really want to live like brainless bunnies in a warren :-) Elections, no matter where, are such fun to read about :-)
09:33 September 14, 2010 by byke
voting pole?
09:37 September 14, 2010 by hpunlimited
First the breastpump comment from the party leader and now this. It is kind of weird that V has so many female voters.
10:11 September 14, 2010 by samwise
yup, they look like authentic commies.
12:10 September 14, 2010 by StuartM
It's funny reading all the comments on DN and it certainly seems a strange choice of entertainment for a party of radical feminists. Although I've got nothing against nudity I think it's hard to defend stripping in this sort of context as it in my view contributes to the objectification of the human body - something Vänsterpartiet are supposed to be against. They interviewed a party spokesperson on SVT and she seemed to agree that it was inappropriate (http://svtplay.se/v/2145521).
12:49 September 14, 2010 by mcwin1
I am enjoying reading the LOCAL. As an American citizen married to a fantastic Swede,it is hillarious to read that your democratic process is as much a circus as ours. Vibrant cultures have vibrant debates. We have had a tremendous benefit from being a multi cultural society,but as the Indians, African slaves,and various immigrant groups have discovered my white protestant "tribe" can be afraid of change. Thank God for the likes of Martin Luther King who graciously brought peaceful change to my homeland. Racism is a dangerous force. It leads to other fanatic "isms" like Nazism and Communism that millions of my fathers generation died fighting to erradicate.
13:22 September 14, 2010 by Frobobbles
Left party people do not like homo sapiens
14:59 September 14, 2010 by J Jack
she's not a stripper if she doesn't show the full monty ... and she needs a tanning clinic.
15:38 September 14, 2010 by rufus.t.firefly
The photograph would lead one to believe there was more than one stripper. Like about 9 of 'em.
15:39 September 14, 2010 by bbryan29
you know i didnt even bother reading the whole post, its sad they theyhave to use a stripper to get votes, i mean come on guys, i have learned so much from sweden this might be allowed but its not moraly right

brian ballew

bbryan28@aol.com

american
15:41 September 14, 2010 by StuartM
The photo appears to be unrelated to the article. There's a more accurate one here: http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/valet2010/article7778404.ab
16:19 September 14, 2010 by here for the summer
I guess as the old american saying goes "politics makes strange bedfellows" I never understood the feminist aspect of the communist left party. Communism as described originally by "Das Capital" and now shown by the "breast pump comments and strippers doesn't seem to be feminist the way my Swedish wife thinks of feminism.
00:01 September 15, 2010 by Swedesmith
@StuartM

I looked at the picture in Aftonbladet....damn that woman has some legs! She looks like she could play for the Chicago Bears.
07:20 September 15, 2010 by mikewhite
The article says several times that people left in protest, but also that Norberg "refuted" that information. So which is correct ?
09:21 September 15, 2010 by diegoveggie
why are politicians so horny all the time?
19:52 September 16, 2010 by Rebel
Are Vänster strippers attractive? Personally, I would think the Greens have the most attractive women but I doubt they would go naked except in a protest against fur.
10:29 September 17, 2010 by greven
Lars Ohly (left-party leader) is a funny guy, he was confronted with his own words from an intervju in 2004 recently . He had said that he was sad to see the Berlin wll fall. He denied ever saying it and refused to look at the intervju...... He also said that he had recieved texts/sms from a friend witnessing the fall of communism in Prag 1989. The world first text/sms was sent in 1992 wich ofcourse makes it difficult to recieve one in -89. Other frogs that have leaped out of Ohlys mouth is that he had played soccer with one of Swedens most famous players, Nacka Skoglund, that never happened. He refused to stop reffering to himself as a communist until 2005 and ofcourse he is still a communist even if he doesn´t call himself that any more.
Today's headlines
Swedish Wikipedia jumps to second biggest

Swedish Wikipedia jumps to second biggest

There are now more Swedish Wikipedia entries than any other language in the world, besides English. And there's one Swede who's largely responsible. READ  

Assault with iron pipe 'no hate crime': police
The aftermath of the attack in Seved, Malmö on July 6th 2014. Drago Prvulovic / TT

Assault with iron pipe 'no hate crime': police

Police in southern Sweden have concluded that a man who was beaten with an iron pipe for hanging an Israeli flag in his window was not a victim of a hate crime. READ  

AstraZeneca hikes earnings outlook

AstraZeneca hikes earnings outlook

After fighting off a fierce takeover bid from Pfizer, Swedish-British drugmaker AstraZeneca raised its 2014 earnings outlook and posted rising second quarter sales on Thursday. READ  

Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag meets children in Husby, Stockholm. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation

The Swedish government announced that it plans to remove all mentions of race from Swedish legislation, saying that race is a social construct which should not be encouraged in law. READ  

US aircraft 'violates' Swedish airspace

US aircraft 'violates' Swedish airspace

A mystery airplane that passed over Swedish airspace recently has been revealed as an American aircraft, sources revealed on Thursday. READ  

Elite schools stripped of 'special' privileges

Elite schools stripped of 'special' privileges

Sweden's three elite boarding schools can no longer charge tuition fees, the government announced on Thursday, in a string of changes following a two-year review. READ  

Bildt lays out four steps to Gaza peace
Photos: TT

Bildt lays out four steps to Gaza peace

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt stated that there are four steps to achieving peace in Gaza, and that it begins with removing the blockade - which has "played into Hamas' hands". READ  

Malmström snags EU commissioner post again

Malmström snags EU commissioner post again

Cecilia Malmström has been nominated to be the European Commissioner for another five years, Sweden's prime minister announced on Thursday. READ  

Stockholm Pride 2014
In Pictures: Stockholm's Historic Pride Party
Conchita Wurst belts out a ballad. Photo: Rebecca Jacobs

In Pictures: Stockholm's Historic Pride Party

With Stockholm's Pride Week in full swing, The Local's Rebecca Jacobs heads on down to the traditional Historic Party to take in the colours, Conchita, and the community. READ  

Two to hospital after Stockholm fire

Two to hospital after Stockholm fire

Two people were taken to hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning after a fire began in their central Stockholm apartment. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Stockholm Pride bars Sweden Democrats
National
Gender neutral pronoun 'hen' enters dictionary
Society
Top ten cafes in Stockholm
People-watching
Gallery
People-watching - Stockholm Pride
Photo: Henrik Trygg/Imagebank Sweden
Society
Sweden worst in EU at getting foreigners jobs
Blog updates

31 July

Calling a speedo a speedo (Blogweiser) »

"There are a lot of speedos on Europe’s beaches. Some European males are evidently more comfortable sporting small, stretchy suits on public beaches than I would be. I accept it may be nice to have swimwear that’s not long and cumbersome. A speedo is maybe also good for tanning. But strolling around town in a..." READ »

 

27 July

Approaching Stockholm (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I woke up in the comfort of my own little cabin on Eva and Rolf’s boat, it was 7:30am and I was feeling a bit groggy after a couple of beers with all the lovely locals the night before. The previous day had really taken its toll on my body and I was very stiff and..." READ »

 
 
 
Lifestyle
Stockholm Pride kicks off
Analysis
The top six ways the US and Sweden differ
National
Swedish youth suicides hit 25-year high
National
Politician reported for selling 'negro ball'
National
Police turn blind eye to Swedish 'slave trade'
Gallery
Stockholm Pride: Allsång på Skansen with Conchita Wurst
Skatteverket
Sponsored Article
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
Gallery
People-watching, June 26th - 28th. Get inside Stockholm's hottest nightclubs
Gallery
Top ten Swedish taboos
Society
Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin
Politics
'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'
Society
Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
National
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Society
What's On in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching July 23
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

738
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se